Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn Connecting the Present with the Past - Page 19

sweet auburn | 2019 volume i COUNCIL OF VISITORS 2018 By Anna Moir Grants & Communications Manager O n October 11, 2018, Mount Auburn hosted its seventh annual Council of Visitors meeting. Participants braved the rain to attend behind-the-scenes tours led by Artist-in-Residence Patrick Gabridge, Dave Barnett and Dennis Collins in Asa Gray Garden, and Educator-in-Residence David Morimoto of Lesley University. Following the tours, Bigelow Chapel was the main topic of the day, with a keynote presentation by William L. Rawn III, award-winning architect and founding principal of William Rawn Associates, discussing the firm’s work on the project design. He then joined colleague Sam Lasky, Bree Harvey and Gus Fraser of Mount Auburn, and architect and Cemetery Trustee Jim Hunnewell for a panel discussion moderated by fellow architect and Trustee Sean McDonnell. As the Bigelow revitalization project neared completion, it was a valuable opportunity to learn from the people who saw the project through from start to finish. The Council of Visitors is composed of Cemetery friends who serve as informal advisors and ambassadors for Mount Auburn and assist us in accomplishing our mission in a variety of ways. Members include local community members and leaders in horti- culture, historic preservation, education, and landscape design. Behind-the-scenes tours. 17